3rd Annual Greater Chicago Area System Research Workshop (GCASR) 2014

3rd Annual Greater Chicago Area System Research Workshop (GCASR) 2014

University of Chicago, Chicago IL -- May 19th, 2014

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It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for the 3rd Greater Chicago Area Systems Research (GCASR) Workshop. This workshop is a great opportunity for leading-edge systems researchers in Chicago to get acquainted, share results, and find synergies. The workshop program has been posted. The workshop is free of charge (courtesy of our generous sponsors).  For last year's workshop agenda, please click here.


Computer Systems, broadly construed, and related areas. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Internet services (clouds, highly available, geographically distributed, storage)
  • Networking (wireless access, last-mile, high speed wide-area)
  • Big data systems (mapreduce, graph processing, high availability & solid-state storage, scalable)
  • High-performance computing (low-latency communication, large-scale reliable computation, scalable computing, energy efficiency, multi-task computing)
  • Embedded and mobile computation (handling power  constraints, energy-awareness, low-power design), and more!
Keynote Presentation
  • Speaker: Eugene H. Spafford, Purdue University
  • Title: Why Aren't Our Systems Secure?
  • More information may be found here.
​Important Dates
  • Abstract submission: April 11th, 2014 Extended to April 16th, 2014
  • Acceptance notification: April 19th, 2014
  • Workshop date: May 19th, 2014

The 3rd Greater Chicago Area Systems Research (GCASR) Workshop will take place at:

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (map)
University of Chicago
915 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

The University of Chicago is located in the neighborhood of Hyde Park, seven miles south of the city center (also known as the Loop).

The UChicago campus is easily accessible from downtown by all major forms of transportation. If you are coming to campus from downtown, we suggest taking public transportation because parking on campus can be difficult. Detailed directions and parking information can be found at: Directions

For those of you traveling from outside the city, and would like to stay overnight close to the University of Chicago campus, see the information below: Accomodations

In addition, a new Hyatt hotel just opened near campus.  More information is available here.


Please be advised that parking is very limited in the area and campus parking lots quickly fill up to capacity. If you choose to drive to campus, please allow an extra 30 minutes or more to secure a parking space. If you do find parking, please be aware of metered parking boxes. For more information on parking: Parking

Electronic Devices
  • Please charge your electronic devices ahead of time. There will be some extension cords in the room, but the power outlets may be limited.
  • There is free guest WiFi covering the entire UChicago campus, including the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. You will need to sign up, but you will not need any password to access the network.
Abstract Submission

Authors are invited to submit abstracts (for either oral or poster presentation) of not more than 300 words, plus a biography of the presentation author. The abstract must be submitted online through the Google Form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LQGw6Jm2PtHBoPOJ-p8fB6i-hYGy2OMNW-ymdzrbsOs/viewform before the deadline of April 11th, 2014 at 11:59PM CDT. Abstracts will be reviewed for relevance and institutional coverage. Notifications of the decisions will be sent out by April 19th, 2014.


Registration is open through the Google form here.

Following tradition and with the help of our sponsors, registration is again free this year!


General Chair


Steering Committee

Corporate sponsorships at various levels are available (Platinum/Event: $7500+, Gold:$5,000, Silver:$3,000).  Please contact  rwforgey@uchicago.edu 
While registration for GCASR is free to maximize participation, we ask corporation organizations to contribute voluntarily in proportion to their participation:
  • $1,000 for up to two attendees.
  • $3,000 for up to ten attendees.